Compact vs. Full-Size Spare Tires

Your passenger car should be equipped with either a compact temporary or a full-size spare tire and a jack. If you’re in an SUV or pickup truck, they need to have a full-size spare available. A compact temporary is sometimes called a donut because of its small, lightweight size. A full-size spare is a regular tire.

A compact tire will provide you with what you need in an emergency. It’s designed only for temporary use to get you off the road and to a service station. Since it is so lightweight, and because of its limited tread, you should drive it at a reduced speed. You’ll notice that’s the best way to drive it because it’s difficult to maneuver. A full-size spare is an extension of your regular set of tires. Don’t forget to get the flat fixed so you can replace the spare.

We’re here to help if you have questions about tires for your vehicle. When you’re in Barstow, stop by Mojave Auto Group and talk with a member of our auto parts team.

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